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District 4 play had begun right around July 4 in previous years, but
the Little League All-Stars will begin play in the 11-12 year old
division this Sunday, with a home game against Alpine.
The following night, Pecos' Senior League All-Stars will start their
1997 tournament with a home contest against Ozona, while Pecos' Junior
Leaguers will have a little more time to get ready. Their first game is
set for Thursday, July 3, at home against San Angelo North, whose
players won last year's District 4 Little League title.
The Little Leaguers's game against Alpine is tentatively set for a 3
p.m. start on Sunday, though that may change, league president Steve
Reyes said Monday night. It will be the first time Pecos and Alpine have
met in the 11-12 year old division, though the teams have faced each
other in District 4 Senior League play in the past.
A win would put Pecos in a road game on July 4 against either Big Lake
or Crane, which joined District 4 this year, while a loss would put them
against one of those teams in the double-elimination tournament on July 2.
Wake Forest center Tim Duncan will be selected first Wednesday night
when the draft is held at Charlotte Coliseum.
Most experts agree that Duncan, a well-rounded player who can shoot,
rebound, pass, dribble and block shots, is the only true impact player
After that, the opinions differ. Some say plenty of decent players will
be available; others dismiss this draft as a weak one.
``They all say that because nobody wants to take a risk,'' said Marty
Blake, the director of the league scouting service who feels this year's
crop is anything but weak.
``There are 20 to 30 guys who are going to be good players. It's a deep
draft, but it's being called weak because there aren't any marquee
players. The teams that are salivating are picking from 20th to 30th.''
The Nos. 2 through 7 picks belong to Philadelphia, Boston, Vancouver,
Denver, Boston and New Jersey, and the order might be different by the
time commissioner David Stern makes his second or third trip to the
The 76ers, Celtics, Nets and Grizzlies have been heavily involved in
``Everything's available after No. 1,'' one Eastern Conference general
manager said. ``Everything has been available for months because this
draft is regarded as such a weak one.''
It has made the guessing game surrounding the second through 10th picks
so much more intriguing this year.
The rumors surrounding the 76ers, who pick second, have changed almost
daily in the past week. And the speculation was compounded when Utah
senior Keith Van Horn refused to work out for them.
At first, Philadelphia was said to be favoring Texas Tech forward Tony
Battie. Then it was Colorado point guard Chauncey Billups. Either might
be available a couple of spots lower, so the 76ers might try to swing a
deal to move down a few notches.
Boston, picking third and sixth, wanted to package the two picks and
trade with San Antonio for the No. 1 selection. But the Spurs said no,
and the Celtics are now sorting though separate offers for each of their
Vancouver general manager Stu Jackson seems to be happy keeping the
fourth pick, but Denver, picking fifth, has a history of draft-day
New Jersey was said to be offering a package of Jayson Williams and the
No. 7 pick in an effort to move up.
``There aren't many centers or power forwards, but the draft is loaded
with small forwards and shooting guards,'' Blake said. ``And there are a
lot more point guards than we've had in recent years.''
Among the players expected to be picked among the top 10 are high school
forward Tracy McGrady of Mt. Zion (N.C.) Christian Academy, who signed a
$10 million sneaker endorsement contract last week, and Kentucky
sophomore Ron Mercer, whose stock has dropped considerably since
mid-March when he was expected to be the second or third player chosen.
Antonio Daniels of Bowling Green and Billups are considered the top two
point guards and Battie, Van Horn, Colgate junior Adonal Foyle,
Villanova forward Tim Thomas and Iowa State's Kelvin Cato are in the top
echelon of big men.
Among the lesser known players who should go in the middle-to-late first
round are Austin Croshere of Providence, Danny Fortson of Cincinnati,
Maurice Taylor of Michigan, Derek Anderson of Kentucky, Olivier St. Jean
of San Jose State, James Cotton of Long Beach State, Bubba Wells of
Austin Peay, Kebu Stewart of Cal State Bakersfield, James Collins of
Florida State and John Taylor of Tennessee-Chattanooga.
(Copyright 1997 by The Associated Press)
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